The Manuka honey 3-in-1 test is for anyone interested in Manuka honey – including beekeepers, buyers and sellers of bulk honey, and honey processors producing and labelling final product for sale. Manuka 3-in-1 test results will tell users about the grade of honey at the time of testing, as well as the HMF which is an important international measure of the age and heating of honey.
The test measures concentrations of DHA (dihydroxyacetone), MG (methylglyoxal), and HMF (5-hydroxymethylfurfural) in honey. MG results are converted to the commonly used Manuka honey grades such as non-peroxide activity (NPA) and UMF®* using a conversion equation.
Any honey types can have a 3-in-1 test and the results will give an indication of how much (if any) Manuka nectar was collected by the bees when the honey was made.
The concentrations of DHA and MG (and the grade of the honey) are known to change over time. Consider also using a ‘Forecast MG, NPA, & HMF Report’ to get an idea of how any honey tested for 3-in-1 will change over time.
If you are interested in knowing more about the potential of Manuka plants to produce high grade honey, consider using a Manuka Nectar test.
*Note: UMF® is available for UMFHA licensees only
UMF Licensees that require UMF Release Certificates to be issued for submitted samples, please use the UMF Release Certicate request form. Select from the following: PDF or Word Doc.
How does Analytica conduct the test?
Analytica can test waxy or comb honey for 3-in-1 as well as extracted honey. A sub-sample is extracted in ultra-pure water, derivatised and analysed by Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC) with UV detection.
3 in 1 is an IANZ accredited test